The internet is struggling to accept that the Mario movie might actually be good

The second Super Mario movie trailer has arrived, and the internet is finally starting to accept that, despite all expectations, this thing might actually not be half bad.

Public perception around the Mario movie has been gradually improving since the casting news was first announced. With the specter of the god-awful 1993 Mario still looming in the background, and with a cast that hasn't been particularly well-received, the new adaptation hasn't exactly had fortune in its favor, at least not on paper. But when the first trailer dropped, folks were generally impressed by the animation and various other aspects, particularly Jack Black's take on Bowser. Not everything went down a storm; Chris Pratt's Mario voice has been controversial, to say the least; but all in all, the first trailer was a surprising win for Nintendo.

The new trailer is even more popular with fans. 

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It isn't just the animation and performances people like, there are also some key story details being celebrated, namely Princess Peach ditching her role as the damsel in distress (opens in new tab) and instead helping to save Luigi from Bowser in the new movie. Oh, and in certain corners of the internet, people are shipping Bowser and Luigi (opens in new tab), but somehow I doubt that'll actually become canon any time soon.

Time will tell if the new Mario flick is actually any good, or indeed whether it'll join the ranks of the best video game movies ever. It's due to hit theaters March 31, 2023 in the UK and April 7 in North America.

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After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.